Jack’s Italian Restaurant
When you eat at Jack’s, proprietor John Parlavecchio wants you to feel that you’re eating in his home. This idea is so present, that the restaurant is actually located in what used to be a house.
Located at 2426 NE 2nd Avenue, the inspiration for the restaurant’s name came from Parlavecchio’s 33-year friendship with iconic actor, Jack Nicholson. But as the concept evolved, he decided to name the establishment after many famous Jacks, both real and fictional.
With interiors designed by Allison Kostas, photos of famous Jacks line the walls. There is also a dominant chalk board wall at the front of the restaurant that has popular sayings and quotes that incorporate the word “Jack.”
Parlavecchio’s food concept is home cooked-styled Italian that is served in an all-inclusive, welcoming atmosphere that brings together an eclectic mix of people.
Having developed his craft in South Beach in the ’80s and ’90s, when celebrities mixed with residents of different economic backgrounds, Parlavecchio hopes his establishment can continue to bring together that kind of diverse clientele.
Aaron Glickman is a Miami native. After earning his degree in theatre from Florida State University, Aaron headed west to Los Angeles where he lived and worked for a decade. In 2006, he came home to launch Luxury Condo Living magazine – a print publication that covered the luxury condo lifestyle. As the impending real estate crash loomed, Aaron identified SocialMiami, a society blog with highly targeted following. After creating a business strategy designed to transform the platform into an online glossy magazine, Aaron became publisher, and the platform increased in revenue and site visitors by 10 times. He developed partnerships and marketing strategies with many of Miami’s most powerful brands, and created viral editorial strategies that highlighted the city’s greatest influencers. Additionally, Aaron became more involved with his community, sitting on committees and raising funds for Baptist Health, Miami Children’s Museum, Miami Children’s Hospital, YoungArts and many more. Aaron is currently a board member of Miami Theater Center and in 2015 was honored as a Miracle Maker by the Women’s Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. That same year, Aaron returned to the stage playing Richard Sherman in The Seven Year Itch at Miami Theater Center. His new media venture, Current.Miami, is a video-based digital media platform with an emphasis on storytelling.